Poetry, spoken word, performance poetry and open mic will feature big at the third annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest, from April 25-28, and it starts this coming Saturday with auditions.
For the first time, a Poetry Slam, with over $5,000 worth of prizes courtesy State bank First Citizens, will be on offer at the festival, a statement from the Lit Fest said.
The competition takes place over four rounds. The auditions round is open and free to all competitors.
The top 20 performers of an original three-minute poem will move on to the next round, with a final play-off between the top six finalists at a closing event of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest on April 28.
The National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS), Audio Visual Room, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, is the venue from 2-6 p.m. on February 23.
Auditions continue on February 24 at the University of the Southern Caribbean, New Building 1, Maracas Valley, St Joseph, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Subsequent rounds will be held on March 23 and April 6.
Bocas is teaming up with the 2 Cents Movement to bring the VERSES Poetry Slam to a wider audience and a broader level of participation.
The Movement, founded by students at the University of the Southern Caribbean and led by Jean Claude Cournand, believes in the capacity of spoken word poetry to raise awareness among the nation's youth and to contribute to social change.
Organisers of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest think so, too.
"We have always sought to include all ages and interests at the lit fest, and we are delighted that we now have a chance to work with a dynamic group of young people who share some of our ambitions," said director Marina Salandy-Brown.
NGC is the title sponsor of the festival. Main sponsors are One Caribbean Media (OCM), parent company of the Express and Sunday Express, and KFC.
First Citizens is the sponsor of the 2013 Poetry Slam competition.
More information can be obtained from Genieve at 733-6057 and Mickel at 775-3343.
For more information, visit the website www.bocaslitfest.com.